CAMPUS


3/24/2020 8:18pm

The north side of Spencer Residence Hall faces Franklin Street on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. Built in 1924, Spencer was the first all-female residence hall, but is now co-ed.

Hundreds co-sign letter asking UNC to pay campus RAs through the semester

After receiving an email stating that their positions will be terminated on April 1, a group of resident advisers wrote a letter to Carolina Housing, requesting to be paid the remainder of their stipends following the COVID-19-related residence hall closures.  Before sending this letter, student staff received an email from Carolina Housing updating their status, stating that no final decisions have been made about compensation after March 31. While Carolina Housing said it will wait for guidance from the UNC System, other universities such as N.C. State and UNC-Charlotte have made plans to compensate RAs. 


3/22/2020 9:10pm

A resident enters Spencer Residence Hall on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020. Built in 1924, Spencer was the first all-female residence hall, but is now co-ed.

'What does this mean for us?': RAs and other student employees feel COVID-19's impact

On March 17, the University announced that residence halls would be closed for the rest of the semester for students without exemptions, as UNC makes the transition to online classes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After that announcement, campus resident advisers were notified that their positions had been terminated  RAs are just one group of student employees who lost their campus jobs due to coronavirus-related closures. Student employees who have lost their jobs are now faced with the realities of losing their source of income — along with other uncertainties that stem from the pandemic.